The Cape Henlopen volleyball team was on fire in the Oct. 24 Senior Night match with Caesar Rodney. The Vikings defeated the Riders 25-21, 25-15 and 25-15 to cement a spot in the DIAA State Tournament. The tournament begins Thursday, Nov. 2.
Senior Sophia Spinelli knocked down 12 kills and picked up seven digs. Senior Logan Shuttleworth garnered 23 assists, with eight digs and five kills. Freshman Emily Lamb bumped 18 digs, surpassing 200 for the season. Maddy Holt impressed the Vikings crowd with her serving in the third set.
“I was really excited about tonight,” said senior Maddy Holt. “We were all pumped. Coupe gave us a really good pep talk before the third set and it got us all fired up.”
“I’m extremely pleased with our team’s performance,” said Cape coach Tyler Coupe. “From the jump they came out poised and determined, and they executed our game plan effectively. We were able to serve them out of system a good amount, which led us to a strong free-ball offense.”
Coupe gave accolades to his senior class.
“I was thrilled to see on a night in which we honored our seniors we were led by all three of them on the court,” he said. “Maddy [Holt’s] offensive presence was felt throughout the gym. Sophie’s serve-receive was some of the best it’s been all season, and Logan’s decision-making remains to be what sets us apart from our opponents. The win almost certainly secures our spot in the tournament.”
Coupe added: “So now we have to get back in the gym, fine-tune what we can control, and wait for Sunday’s seeding before we’re able to prepare for our opponent.”
The Vikings end the regular season with a 10-5 record, while Caesar Rodney moves to 9-5.
The Vikings junior varsity dropped a close 2-0 match with the JV Riders. They finished the season at 11-4.